Give Thanks.


"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever." - Psalm 118:1


I used to think counting your blessings was for super 'spiritual' people, but now I know that it can truly help you to focus on the good in every bad situation.

I was catching up with a friend last weekend, and he shared something that surprised me. He told me his dad had recently been in a car accident, but he was supposed to be in a country that wound up having the second-highest amount of COVID-19 cases in Europe. If his dad would’ve been in that country, he might not have survived COVID-19.

What surprised me wasn’t the situation that my friend shared. It was his perspective on the situation that got me.

Even though his dad was in a terrible accident, my friend was grateful because God was still good to him in the midst of it all. And things could’ve been worse.

I’m reminded of the story of Job in the Bible. Job is described as a man with complete integrity who feared God and stayed away from evil.

As the story goes, God allowed Satan to test Job by taking away everything he had.

His sons and daughters were killed.

His animals were stolen.

His sheep and shepherds were burned.

And if that wasn't bad enough, his servants were killed too.

After he heard the bad news, Job 1:21 says, “Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. He said, ‘I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!’

God knew Job would pass Satan’s test and later restored twice as much as he had before. But what amazes me the most about Job is that after he found out he lost everything, he fell to the ground to worship God.

"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever." - Psalm 118:1

Job and my friend are great examples of what it means to give thanks in all circumstances. I’m not saying to be thankful for the bad situations that have happened or are happening in your life. If I’m honest, I’m not sure I could be like Job.

What I’m suggesting is that you focus on the good that’s happening amidst the bad situations. Instead of looking at your life from your perspective, ask God to help you to look at it from His perspective.

Because the truth is, there’s so much to be thankful for.

Take a moment to write down 10 things that you are grateful for. I’ll share my list with you.

  1. I’m grateful for another day of life. We often take this for granted, but many people are not here today.

  2. I’m grateful for my family and friends. At times when I feel like I’m alone, I remember that I have an amazing community around me.

  3. I’m grateful for the completion of projects that I’ve been working on.

  4. I’m grateful for a house to live in.

  5. I’m grateful for the ability to pay my bills on time.

  6. I’m grateful for God finding me when I was lost and washing away the dirtiness of my past.

  7. I’m grateful for being a part of a great church here in NYC that challenges me to grow closer to God daily.

  8. I’m grateful for the clothes in my closet and food in my refrigerator.

  9. I’m grateful for God loving me just as I am. People love us one day and hate us the next, but God’s love never fails.

  10. I’m grateful for you, my readers. You challenge me to keep going every day. I appreciate you more than you know.

You may not be where you want to be yet but thank God that He's taking His time to mold you into who He created you to be. Masterpieces take time to be built, and you are God's masterpiece.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

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- Mags